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Entry #3 - DTG Battle Royale - Photos and Rating

 
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Old May 2nd, 2011 May 2, 2011 4:34:54 PM -   #1 (permalink)
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Each entry will be given 10 points each for the 5 different rating factors (for a total 50 points max):

First Impressions - is the print "display ready" without pretreat stains and heat press squares

Sharpness of Detail in the print

Softness of Hand on the print

Print accuracy - (registration, trapping, no banding, even ink distribution)

Washability - how does the print hold up after the initial wash?


This post covers the first 4 factors with photos. The wash tests will be done over the next few days.

FI: 8

SOD: 9

SOH: 9

PA: 6

Total Before Wash: 32


Some things I looked for specifically in each entry:
  • My initial reaction of pulling the t-shirt out of the box. Was I wowed or dissappointed right off the bat?
  • How well the white underbase was trapped on the front print? Are there any white ink highlights peeking through (there shouldn't be any)
  • Evidence of pretreatment? Could I tell right off where the pretreat "square" was? Most entries actually did pretty well at this
  • Ink coverage on the back print. Lots more solid color areas on the back. Were the colors smooth or splotchy looking?
  • Color fades in the gold belt design? How well were the color variations handled?
  • The tricky mini 5? One of the trickiest areas of the back design was the small version of the 5 design from the front image. How well did the entrant handle blending it into the back print's design?
  • How did the print feel overall? Could I tell where the t-shirt stopped and the ink of the design started? Did the print feel heavy or barely noticeable
  • Overall how the DTG front print compared to the screen printed front print (last 2 photos)
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Old May 12th, 2011 May 12, 2011 5:20:42 PM -   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: Entry #3 - DTG Battle Royale - Photos and Rating

Photos after one wash:

Nothing special was done to the wash settings.

I just left the settings on whatever they were already on from the last load of normal laundry: regular cycle (slow/fast), cold water, Tide laundry detergent the t-shirts were not turned inside out. Dried in the dryer on normal (medium high) heat.
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Old May 19th, 2011 May 19, 2011 4:27:06 PM -   #3 (permalink)
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Photos after 3rd and final wash test:

On the 2nd wash I washed all the t-shirts in warm water and dried on normal (medium high) heat.

On the 3rd wash my wife turned the temperature dial back to cold and I dried it on normal (medium high) heat.

To be honest, most of the DTG printed t-shirts held up very well in the wash tests. There were a couple of exceptions, but overall I was actually surprised at how well the colors and brightness stayed throughout the 3 washes.
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Washability: 8

Total rating points: 40
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Congratulations to John for winning 3rd place with his entry printed on his Veloci-Jet printer.
 
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Congratulations, John! You're gonna be gunning for that belt, next year, I can tell... Looking forward to many more print-offs such as this one!
 
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Congratulations to John for winning 3rd place with his entry printed on his Veloci-Jet printer.
Lol, thanks, but my entry was #7..
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Lol, thanks, but my entry was #7..
Lol that's what I get for responding to something without reading the earlier posts!
 
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Lol, thanks, but my entry was #7..

Sorry John. My fault for not looking more carefully. I thought Rodney has it up by list of winners. I'll repost it with the correct entry.
 
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This entry was printed with a Neoflex with Dupont inks
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